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Re: Decker's new book

Mikeh, Re. the CVI's hanged man I date the Florentine CVI to the Pazzi conspiracy, which would make the deck (datable to after 1478) anti-Sixtus IV propaganda to rally Florentine support for Lorenzo in his ensuing war with that pope. I have several reasons for that theory but #1 would be that the po...

Re: Decker's new book

Phaeded wrote: Marziano clearly reveals a card game that could be both ludic and edifying ; there is nothing about the tarot proper that would preclude that dual function. I don't disagree, I just wonder how you define "edifying" in this context, how much weight you put on the term. …It is possible...

Re: Decker's new book

But the purpose of the trumps is to win tricks in a card game, not to teach men how to gain a good reputation, or to save their souls. It is not a moral treatise. Why waste all of this time on the meaning of the iconography of individual cards if it is all just so much window dressing, with the tru...

Re: Decker's new book

Ross, It is precisely because of the social mechanics of fama that I see the use of the 7 virtues in the Florentine ur-tarot. All of the trecento and quattrocento writers touched on in that undergraduate thesis you came across are discussed in more depth in Fama : The Politics of Talk and Reputation...

Re: The World

Marco wrote In my opinion, the “thema mundi” is not related to tarot: it is the horoscope of the creation of the world, and the sequence of the trumps does not provide a horoscope. Actually, any explicit astrological information is missing from early tarot, with the exception of the Moon/Cancer ass...

Re: The World

All, Instead of anima mundi consider the thema mundi tradition for the earliest World cards (but not ruling out that the World morphed into anima mundi in later decks, which I think is what Ross's point is) - an excellent article in convenient pdf here that discusses not just the exemplar in the tit...

Re: Decker's new book

The 5x14-theory developed from the PMB and the problem of the 2 artists, not from the 1441 document or the document of 1457. Huck, Ah, your own historiography as evidence. But how you came to 5x14 is not as important as the evidence that indicates 14 trumps. You can't even verify that one artist pa...

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